Old glasses, hearing aids sought by Hawaii Lions


Hawaii’s fourth annual “Lions in Sight” statewide eyeglass and hearing aid collection will be staged from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Lions clubs worldwide will be performing community service projects as part of the initiative to raise public awareness of the vital role Lions clubs play in their communities.

As spring cleaning gets under way, the Hawaii Lions are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and hearing aids and donate them to the Lions Recycle For Sight program.

“The glasses will be distributed to those in need within developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible,” said state Lions spokesman Irwin Santos.

“Most recently, 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses were distributed to villagers throughout the mountainous terrain of war-torn Afghanistan by Hawaii Lions Club members,” said Santos. “In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages, and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.”

The glasses will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions, Leos and other groups.

According to the World Health Organization, the eyesight of approximately one-fourth of the world’s population can be improved through the use of a corrective lens.

Hawaii Lions collect eyeglasses year round, but on this day, the Lions members will be out in force, stationed to receive your unwanted eyewear at Hilo and Kona Walmart stores, and at other locations throughout the state.

You may also place them in specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes. Locations are also posted on the website, www.hawaiilions.org; click on “Used Eyeglasses.”

In addition to the eyeglasses, hearing aids will be also collected, cleaned and tested for local distribution.

Lions are known for their commitment to being “Knights of the Blind in the Crusade against Darkness,” a challenging statement made by Helen Keller in 1925. Eyeglass collection is a year-round program.

For more information, please call Alice Kudo at 456-7278, or email pback@hawaiiantel.net.

 

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